The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust steps up behind CAMA
Amplifying the voices of youth
The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust has just launched its new platform in support of youth leadership across the globe. With The Queen as Patron and Prince Harry playing an active role as President, The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust is stepping up directly behind the young women leaders in Camfed’s CAMA alumnae network. The Trust stands behind young change-makers, working with them to provide the resources and inspiration all young people need to connect, grow their philanthropy, and share their expertise. It will amplify the voices of youth across the Commonwealth, inspiring young activists everywhere to engage, act, and make the world a better place.
The launch of the new platform comes just in time for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) this week, the biggest ever summit hosted by the UK, which aims to address global challenges and solutions, including a special focus on girls’ education and women’s leadership. It precedes The Queen’s 92nd birthday celebrations, taking place on the 21st of April with a special concert at the Royal Albert Hall. Broadcast live by the BBC, the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust (QCT) will be the major beneficiary of the event
Angeline Murimirwa, founding CAMA member and Camfed Executive Director – Africa
The QCT set up The Queen’s CAMA Commonwealth Fund in order to bring more financial resources directly to Camfed’s alumnae, who are working in their communities to identify ‘unseen’ vulnerable children — beyond even the reach of local authorities — and pooling their own resources to return them to school, ensuring continued support for their education by working with schools, parents and local authorities, including traditional leaders.
Initially bolstering the work of CAMA members in Ghana and Tanzania, the Fund is allowing young women to reach 3,490 vulnerable children through coordinated philanthropy, and is starting to bring other funding partners behind CAMA, enabling the expansion of this initiative.
Fiona and Angeline were among the first cohort of girls educated by Camfed in Zimbabwe. “It’s also a powerful reminder that those who are best placed to develop and implement solutions are those who have lived the barriers they are now working to dismantle.”
Fiona, who addressed the Obama Foundation Summit attended by Prince Harry last year, and Angeline, who met The Queen alongside the other young leaders whose projects are initially being supported by the charity, expressed their pride at sharing the platform with such inspirational causes. They include Alexander McLean’s African Prisons Project, Ankit Kawatra’s Feeding India and Joannes Yimbesalu’s Hope for Children Cameroon.
A selection of Tweets from the day:
Thank you to everyone who joined us to make The Queen’s 92nd birthday party so special last night. We are incredibly proud to have seen our President, Prince Harry, present the gift of The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust to Her Majesty onstage. #QueensBirthday#QueensCommonwealthTrustpic.twitter.com/xDostWVFCc
— The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust (@queenscomtrust) April 22, 2018
During the concert Prince Harry gave a speech about the new @queenscomtrust which was launched last week – of which His Royal Highness is The President. #queenscommonwealthtrustpic.twitter.com/xrlzM6gppJ
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) April 21, 2018
Co-founded by @AngieMurimirwa, CAMA is a network of motivated young women across Africa who, together, are driving real change in their communities.
— The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust (@queenscomtrust) April 13, 2018